Northern California Earthquake Data Center


The Northern California Earthquake Data Center, a joint project of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (BSL) and the U.S. Geological Survey at Menlo Park, serves as an online archive and distribution center for various types of digital data relating to earthquakes in Central and Northern California. The NCEDC is located at the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, and has been accessible to users via the Internet since mid-1992.

The primary goal of the NCEDC is to provide a stable and permanent archival and distribution center of digital geophysical data for networks in Northern and Central California. These data include seismic waveforms, electromagnetic data, GPS data, strain, creep, and earthquake parameters. The seismic data comes principally from the Berkeley Digital Seismic Network (BDSN) operated by the Seismological Laboratory, the Northern California Seismic Network (NCSN) operated by the USGS, the Berkeley High Resolution Seismic Network (HRSN) at Parkfield, the EarthScope USArray Transportable Array stations in Northern California, the various Geysers networks, and selected stations from adjacent networks such as the University of Nevada, Reno network and the Southern California Seismic Network (SCSN). GPS data are primarily from the Bay Area Regional Deformation (BARD) GPS network and the USGS/Menlo Park GPS surveys. The collection of NCSN digital waveforms dates from 1984 to the present, the BDSN digital waveforms date from 1987 to the present, and the BARD GPS data date from 1993 to the present. The BDSN includes stations that form the specialized Northern Hayward Fault Network (NHFN) and the MiniPBO (mPBO) borehole seismic and strain stations in the SF Bay Region. Additional seismic and strain data from the EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) and the San Andreas Fault Observatory at Depth (SAFOD) are also archived at the NCEDC. Figure 3.27 shows the total data volume by year, as itemized in Table 3.12.

Table 3.12: Volume of Data Archived at the NCEDC by network.
Data Type GBytes
BDSN/NHFN/mPBO (broadband, electric and magnetic field, strain) waveforms 6,916
NCSN seismograms 25,660
Parkfield HRSN seismograms 3,499
BARD GPS (RINEX and raw data) 2,380
UNR Nevada seismograms 1,301
SCSN seismograms 2,338
Calpine/Unocal Geysers region seismograms 38
EarthScope SAFOD seismograms 2,035
EarthScope USArray seismograms 271
EarthScope PBO strain and seismic waveforms 1,616
PG&E seismograms 489
USGS low frequency geophysical waveforms 3
Misc data 2,977
Total size of archived data 49,523

Figure 3.25: Chart showing the relative proportion of each data set at the NCEDC. (BK - Berkeley Digital Seismic Network; BP - Berkeley High-resolution Seismic Network in Parkfield; NC - Northern California Seismic Network and collaborators; CI - Southern California Seismic Network; NN - University of Nevada, Reno Seismic Network; GPS - various GPS datasets, including BARD; EarthScope - data from various EarthScope activities; Other - various small data sets.
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The NCEDC also provides support for earthquake processing and archiving activities of the Northern California Earthquake Management Center (NCEMC), a component of the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN). The CISN is the California regional organization of the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS).

Figure 3.26 shows the location of stations archived at the NCEDC (excluding EarthScope stations located outside of CA).

Figure 3.26: Map showing the location of stations whose data are archived at the NCEDC. Circles are seismic sites, squares are GPS sites, and diamonds are the locations of USGS low-frequency experiments.
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2009-2010 Activities

By its nature, data archiving is an ongoing activity. In 2009-2010, the NCEDC continued to expand its data holdings and enhance access to the data. Projects and activities of particular note include:

BDSN/NHFN/mPBO Seismic Data

The BDSN (Operational Section 1), NHFN (Operational Section 3), and Mini-PBO (Operational Section 3) stations (all network code BK) telemetered data from 48 seismic data loggers in real time to the BSL These data are written to disk files, used for CISN real-time earthquake processing and earthquake early warning (EEW) development, and delivered in real-time to the DART (Data Available in Real Time) system at the NCEDC, where they are immediately available to anyone on the Internet. In September 2004, the NCEDC began to archive continuous high frequency data (80 Hz and 100 Hz) from all of the BDSN broadband, strong motion, and strainmeter sensors. Previously, only 20 Hz and lower rate data channels were archived continuously, and high frequency data was archived only for events. In December 2005, the NCEDC developed the DART, and began making all real-time BDSN data immediately available through this facility. All timeseries data from the Berkeley networks continue to be processed and archived by an NCEDC analyst using calqc in order to provide the highest quality and most complete data stream to the NCEDC.

NCSN Seismic Data

NCSN continuous waveform data are transmitted from USGS/Menlo Park in real time to the NCEDC via the Internet, converted to MiniSEED, and made available to users immediately through the NCEDC DART. NCSN event waveform data, as well as data from all other real-time BSL and collaborating networks, are automatically collected by the NCEMC waveform archiver and stored at the NCEDC for event review and analysis and for distribution to users. All NCSN and NCEMC data are archived in MiniSEED format.

The NCEDC also maintains a list of historic teleseismic events recorded by the NCSN, since these events do not appear in the NCSN catalog.

A description of the successive improvements in the acquisition of NCSN data, leading to the acquisition of complete NCSN waveform data in early 2006, can be found in the 2005-06 BSL Annual Report. We finished the first phase of the NCSN continuous waveform archiving project by reading, converting and archiving NCSN seismograms from all available NCSN tapes for mid-2001 through early 2006. We are continuing this project by processing and archiving NCSN tape data from 1996 through 2000.

Parkfield High Resolution Seismic Network Data

The history of upgrades to the acquisition and archival of HRSN data can be found in the 2005-06 BSL Annual Report. We continue to archive continuous 250 and 20 sample-per-second data from the HRSN stations.

EarthScope Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) strain data

The NCEDC is one of two funded archives for PBO EarthScope borehole and laser strain data. Strain data are collected from all of the PBO strain sites and are processed by UNAVCO. MiniSEED data are delivered to the NCEDC using SeedLink, and raw and XML processed data are delivered to the NCEDC using Unidata's Local Data Manager (LDM). The MiniSEED data are inserted into the NCEDC DART and are subsequently archived from the DART. UNAVCO provides EarthScope funding to the NCEDC to help cover the processing, archiving, and distribution costs for these data. In early 2010, the NCEDC began receiving and archiving all of the continuous seismic waveform data from the PBO network to complement the PBO strain data. The seismic data are received from an Antelope ORB server at UNAVCO and converted from their native format to MiniSEED on a data import computer. The data are then transferred via the SEEDLink protocol to the NCEDC and inserted into the NCEDC DART and are subsequently archived from the DART.

EarthScope SAFOD

The NCEDC is an archive center for the SAFOD event data and has also processed the continuous SAFOD data. Starting with the initial data in July 2002 from the SAFOD Pilot Hole, and later data from the SAFOD Main Hole, the NCEDC converted data from the original SEG-2 format data files to MiniSEED, and developed the SEED instrument responses for this data set. Continuous 4 KHz data from SAFOD written to tape at SAFOD were periodically sent to the BSL to be converted, archived, and forwarded to the IRIS DMC (IRIS Data Management Center). SAFOD EarthScope funding to the NCEDC is to cover the processing, archiving, and distribution costs for these data. A small subset of the continuous SAFOD data channels are also incorporated into the NCSN, are available in real-time from the NCEDC DART, are archived at the NCEDC, and are forwarded to the IRIS DMC. After the failure of the SAFOD permanent instrument in September 2008, the USGS deployed a temporary network in the Main Hole, and the NCEDC continued to process and archive these data. Both the permanent and temporary seismic instruments were removed in 2010.

Figure 3.27: Figure showing the total volume of data archived at the NCEDC, broken down by data year.
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UNR Broadband data

The University of Reno in Nevada (UNR) operates several broadband stations in western Nevada and eastern California that are important for Northern California earthquake processing and analysis. Starting in August 2000, the NCEDC has been receiving and archiving continuous broadband data from four UNR stations. The data are transmitted in real time from UNR to UC Berkeley, where they are made available for CISN real-time earthquake processing and for archiving. Initially, some of the stations were sampled at 20 Hz, but all stations are now sampled and archived continuously at 100 Hz.

The NCEDC installed Simple Wave Server (SWS) software at UNR, which provides an interface to UNR's recent collection of waveforms. The SWS is used by the NCEDC to retrieve waveforms from UNR that were missing at the NCEDC due to real-time telemetry outages between UNR and UC Berkeley.

In early 2006, the NCEDC started to archive continuous data from the UNR short-period stations that are contributed to the NCSN. Both the broadband and short-period UNR stations contributed to the CISN are available in real-time through the NCEDC DART.

Electro-Magnetic Data

The NCEDC continues to archive and process electric and magnetic field data acquired at several UC Berkeley sites. The BSL operates both magnetic and electric field sensors at PKD and SAO. However, most of these channels have been down for repair during the 2008-2009 year. Through a collaboration with Dr. Simon Klemperer at Stanford University, we acquire magnetic and electric field channels at BSL sites JRSC and BRIB, and magnetic field channels at site MHDL. The three magnetic field channels and either two or four electric field channels are digitized at 40 Hz, 1 Hz, and 0.1 Hz, and are telemetered in real-time along with seismic data to the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, where they are processed and archived at the NCEDC in a similar fashion to the seismic data.

GPS Data

The NCEDC continues to archive GPS data through the BARD (Bay Area Regional Deformation) network of continuously monitored GPS receivers in Northern California (Operational Section 5). The NCEDC GPS archive now includes 67 continuous sites in Northern California. There are approximately 50 core BARD sites owned and operated by UC Berkeley, USGS (Menlo Park and Cascade Volcano Observatory), LLNL, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, Trimble Navigation, and Stanford. Data are also archived from sites operated by other agencies, including East Bay Municipal Utilities District, the City of Modesto, the National Geodetic Survey, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

In addition to the standard 15 second or 30 second continuous GPS datastream, the NCEDC is now archiving and distributing high-rate 1 Hz continuous GPS data from most of the BSL-operated BARD stations. In collaboration with UCSD/SIO and USGS/MP, the BSL is now streaming real-time 1 Hz continuous data from the 13 PBO stations in Parkfield through the USGS Parkfield T1 and NCSS T1 circuits to the BSL, where it makes the data available to researchers in real-time through an Ntripcaster.

The NCEDC also archives non-continuous survey GPS data. The initial dataset archived is the survey GPS data collected by the USGS Menlo Park for Northern California and other locations. The NCEDC is the principal archive for this dataset. Significant quality control efforts were implemented by the NCEDC to ensure that the raw data, scanned site log sheets, and RINEX data are archived for each survey.

Geysers Seismic Data

The Calpine Corporation operated a micro-seismic monitoring network in the Geysers region of Northern California. Prior to 1999, this network was operated by Unocal. Through various agreements, both Unocal and Calpine have released triggered event waveform data from 1989 through 2000 along with preliminary event catalogs for the same time period for archiving and distribution through the NCEDC. This dataset represents over 296,000 events that were recorded by the Calpine/Unocal Geysers network and are available via research accounts at the NCEDC.

The Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL), with funding from the California Energy Commission, currently operates a 22 station network in the Geysers region with an emphasis on monitoring seismicity related to well water injection. The earthquake locations and waveforms from this network are sent to the NCEDC, and the locations are forwarded to the NCSN so that they can be merged into the NCSN earthquake catalog. In August 2007, the NCSN installed an Earthworm system at the Geysers to receive continuous LBL Geysers data, and this system provides event waveforms in real-time for the NCEMC earthquake processing and the NCEDC event archives. The event data from LBL Geysers event waveforms collected from April 2004 to August 2007 will be associated with events from the NCSN catalog and will be included with the existing waveforms for these events.

USGS Low Frequency Data

Over the last 35 years, the USGS at Menlo Park, in collaboration with other principal investigators, has collected an extensive low-frequency geophysical data set that contains over 1300 channels of tilt, tensor strain, dilatational strain, creep, magnetic field, and water level as well as auxiliary channels such as temperature, pore pressure, rain and snow accumulation, and wind speed. In collaboration with the USGS, we assembled the requisite information for the hardware representation of the stations and the instrument responses for many channels of this diverse dataset, and developed the required programs to populate and update the hardware database and generate the instrument responses. We developed the programs and procedures to automate the process of importing the raw waveform data and converting it to MiniSEED format. Since these data are delivered to the NCEDC on a daily basis and immediately archived, these data are not inserted into the NCEDC DART.

We have currently archived timeseries data from 887 data channels from 167 sites, and have instrument response information for 542 channels at 139 sites. The waveform archive is updated on a daily basis with data from 350 currently operating data channels. We will augment the raw data archive as additional instrument response information is assembled by the USGS for the channels, and will work with the USGS to clearly define the attributes of the ``processed'' data channels.

SCSN/Statewide seismic data

In 2004, the NCEDC started to archive broadband and strong motion data from 15 SCSN (network CI) stations that are telemetered to the Northern California Management Center (NCEMC) of the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN). These data are used in the prototype real-time state-wide earthquake processing system and also provide increased coverage for Northern California events. Since the data are telemetered directly from the stations in real-time to both the SCSN and to the NCEMC, the NCEDC archives the NCEMC's copy of the data to ensure that at least one copy of the data will be preserved. Due to reduced state funding, the SCSN has gradually reduced the number of telemetered stations to 12.

In early 2006, the NCEDC started to continuously archive all of the selected SCSN short-period stations that are contributed to the NCSN. All of these data are also available in real-time from the NCEDC DART. In 2009, the NCEMC started incorporating data from $\sim$ 25 additional SCSN stations near the southern border of the NCEMC monitoring area in its event waveform collection to provide better azimuthal coverage of events in that area. In 2009-2010, the NCEMC also started retrieving event waveform data from the SCSN for other SCSN stations that are expected to receive signals from Northern California earthquakes. All of these event waveforms are also archived at the NCEDC.

Earthquake Catalogs

Northern California: The NCEDC provides searchable access to both the USGS and BSL earthquake catalogs for Northern and Central California. The ``official'' UC Berkeley earthquake catalog begins in 1910 and runs through 2003, and the ``official'' USGS catalog begins in 1966. Both of these catalogs are archived and available through the NCEDC, but the existence of 2 catalogs has caused confusion among both researchers and the public.

In late 2006, the NCEMC began archiving and distributing a single unified Northern California earthquake catalog in real time to the NCEDC through database replication from the NCEMC's real-time systems. The NCEDC developed and tested the required programs used to enter all previous NCSN catalog data into the NCEDC database. In 2008, we migrated all of the historic NCSN catalog, phase, and amplitude data from 1967 - 2006 into the NCEMC catalog. In addition, we spent considerable effort addressing the mapping of phase data in the BSL catalog to SEED channel names. We plan to merge the BSL catalog with the NCEMC catalog to form a single unified Northern California catalog from 1910 to the present. The BSL and the USGS have spent considerable effort over the past years to define procedures for merging the data from the two catalogs into a single Northern and Central California earthquake catalog in order to present a unified view of Northern California seismicity. The differences in time period, variations in data availability, and mismatches in regions of coverage all complicate the task.

Worldwide: The NCEDC, in conjunction with the Council of the National Seismic System (CNSS), produced and distributed a world-wide composite catalog of earthquakes based on the catalogs of the national and various U.S. regional networks for several years. Each network updates their earthquake catalog on a daily basis at the NCEDC, and the NCEDC constructs a composite world-wide earthquake catalog by combining the data, removing duplicate entries that may occur from multiple networks recording an event, and giving priority to the data from each network's authoritative region. The catalog, which includes data from 14 regional and national networks, is searchable using a Web interface at the NCEDC. The catalog is also freely available to anyone via FTP over the Internet.

With the demise of the CNSS and the development of the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS), the NCEDC was asked to update its Web pages to present the composite catalog as a product of the ANSS. This conversion was completed in the fall of 2002. We continue to create, house, distribute, and provide a searchable Web interface to the ANSS composite catalog, and to aid the regional networks in submitting data to the catalog.

NCEDC Operations

In 2005, the NCEDC relocated its archive and distribution system from McCone Hall to a new state-of-the-art computer facility in a new seismically braced building on the Berkeley campus. The facility provides seismically braced equipment racks, gigabit Ethernet network, air conditioning, and power conditioning. The entire facility is powered by a UPS with generator backup.

The currently installed NCEDC facilities consist of a mass storage environment hosted by a Sun X4150 host computer, a 100 slot LTO3 tape library with two tape drives and a 20 TByte capacity, and 60 TBytes of RAID storage, all managed with the SAM-FS hierarchical storage management (HSM) software. In 2008-2009, the tape library was upgraded from LTO2 to LTO3 drives, and all online tape data was re-archived on LTO3 tapes. DART data are collected and distributed on a Sun 280R computer and RAID storage. A Sun x4150 system provides Web services for the NCEDC, a dual Sun 280R processor provides data import and export services, and a Sun 280R computer is used for quality control procedures. Two AIT tape libraries are used to read NCSN continuous data tapes. Two 64-bit Linux systems host redundant Oracle databases. Two Sun X64 processors provide additional data processing support for the NCEDC.

The SAMFS hierarchical storage management (HSM) software used by the NCEDC is configured to automatically create multiple copies of each data file in the archive. The NCEDC creates one copy of each file on an online RAID, a second copy on LTO3 tape (of which the most recent data are stored online in the tape library), and a third copy on LTO2 tape which is stored offline and offsite. All NCEDC data are stored online and are rapidly accessible by users.

The NCEDC operates two instances of its Oracle database, one for internal operations and one for external use for user data queries and data distribution programs, and communicates with a third identical database operated offsite by the USGS in Menlo Park. These three databases are synchronized using multi-master replication.

Data Quality Control

The NCEDC developed a GUI-based state-driven system calqc to facilitate the quality control processing that is applied to the continuously archived data sets at the NCEDC.

The quality control procedures for these datasets include the following tasks:

Calqc uses previously developed programs to perform each function, but it provides a graphical point-and-click interface to automate these procedures, and to provide the analyst with a record of when each process was started, whether it executed correctly, and whether the analyst has indicated that a step has been completed. Calqc is used to process all data from the BDSN network, and all continuous broadband data from the NCSN, UNR, SCSN, and HRSN networks that are archived by the NCEDC. The remainder of the continuously archived data are automatically archived without any analyst interaction.

The NCEDC is developing programs and procedures to replace waveforms collected for event analysis in near real-time with QC-ed waveforms from the UCB QC-ed waveform archive. This procedure will also be used to augment the NCSN event-based waveform collection from 1991 to 2006 with the appropriate waveforms from the UCB seismic networks.

Database Development

The NCEDC continues to support the Northern California Earthquake Management Center (NCEMC) by providing information and resources vital to the NCEMC's role of rapid earthquake analysis and data dissemination. The NCEDC receives earthquake parametric data in real-time from the NCEMC real-time systems and provides real-time access to the NCEDC database for jiggle, the CISN event analysis tool. The NCEMC continues to support the maintenance and distribution of the hardware configurations and instrument responses of the UCB, USGS/MP NCSN, and other seismic stations used by the NCEMC. During 2002-2004, the NCEDC and NCSN jointly developed a system consisting of an extensive spreadsheet containing per-channel information that describes the hardware of each NCSN data channel and provides each channel with a SEED-compliant channel name. This spreadsheet, combined with a limited number of files that describe the central-site analog digitizer, FIR decimation filters, and general characteristics of digital acquisition systems, allows the NCSN to assemble its station history in a format that the NCEDC can use to populate the hardware tracking and instrument response database tables for the NCSN. BSL staff currently chairs the CISN Schema Change working group, which coordinates all database schema changes and enhancements within the CISN.

The NCEDC instrument response schema represents full multi-stage instrument responses (including filter coefficients) for the broadband data loggers. The hardware tracking schema represents the interconnection of instruments, amplifiers, filters, and data loggers over time, and is used to describe all of the UC Berkeley and USGS stations and channels archived at the NCEDC.

The NCEDC has developed XML import and export procedures to provide better maintenance of the hardware tracking information and resulting instrument responses for stations in our database. When changes are made to either existing hardware or to station configurations, we export the current view in XML format, use a GUI-based XML editor to easily update the information, and import the changes back into the database. When adding new stations or hardware, we can easily use information from existing hardware or stations as templates for the new information. This allows us to treat the database as the authoritative source of information, and to use off-the-shelf tools such as the XML editor and XML differencing programs as part of our database maintenance procedures.

All NCSN event waveforms originally collected with the USGS CUSP processing system have been converted to MiniSEED, and are available along with the UC Berkeley data and data from the other networks archived at the NCEDC in full SEED format.

Additional details on the joint catalog effort and database schema development may be found at

Data Distribution

The NCEDC continues to use the World Wide Web as a principal interface for users to request, search for, and receive data from the NCEDC. In fall 2005, the NCEDC acquired the domain name The NCEDC's Web address is now In the 12 months from July 2009 through June 2010, the NCEDC distributed over 1816 GB of waveform data to external users.

Earthquake Catalogs

The NCEDC provides users with searchable access to Northern California earthquake catalogs and to the ANSS world-wide catalog via the Web. Users can search the catalogs by time, magnitude, and geographic region, and can retrieve either hypocenter and magnitude information or a full set of earthquake parameters including phase readings, amplitudes, and codas. Moment tensor and first motion mechanisms have been added to the NCEMC California earthquake catalog and are searchable from the NCEDC Web catalog search page.

Station Metadata

In addition to the metadata returned through the various data request methods, the NCECD provides dataless SEED volumes and SEED RESP files for all data channels archived at the NCEDC. The NCEDC currently has full SEED instrument responses for 17,985 data channels from 2,155 stations in 20 networks. This includes stations from the California Geological Survey (CGS) strong motion network that will contribute seismic waveform data for significant earthquakes to the NCEDC and SCEDC. In collaboration with the USGS NCSN and the NSMP (National Strong Motion Program), the NCEDC is building the metadata and dataless SEED volumes for over 300 stations and 2000 data channels of the NSMP dialup stations.


We ported and installed the IRIS SeismiQuery program at the NCEDC, which provides a common interface to query network, station, and channel attributes and query the availability of archived timeseries data.

DART (Data Available in Real Time)

The DART (Data Available in Real Time) represents the first step in the NCEDC's effort to make current and recent timeseries data from all networks, stations, and channels available to users in real time. The NCEDC developed DART in December 2005 to provide a mechanism for users to obtain access to real-time data from the NCEDC. All real-time timeseries data streams delivered to the NCEDC are placed in MiniSEED files in a Web-accessible directory structure. The DART waveforms can be accessed by Web browsers or http command-line programs such as wget, a FISSURES waveform server, and a Berkeley-developed Simple Wave Server (SWS) which provides programmatic access to the DART data by specified SEED channel and time interval. We will be providing users with a client program to retrieve data from the SWS in the near future. The DART currently provide assess to the most recent 35 days of data.

We use the Freeorb software, an enhanced version of the open-source orb software developed by the IRIS-funded Joint Seismic Project (JSP), as the primary method for delivering real-time data to the NCEDC and into the DART. The freeorb package implements an object ring buffer (ORB) and orbserver, which provides a reliable storage ring buffer and an interface for orb client programs to read, write, and query the orbserver. Orbserver clients running at the NCEDC computer connect to remote orbservers at the BSL and USGS/Menlo Park, retrieve the MiniSEED timeseries data records, and write them to daily channel files in the NCEDC DART. Strain data from the EarthScope PBO network are delivered to the NCEDC using SeedLink and are inserted into the DART using a similar SeedLink client program.

The NCEDC developed an automated data archiving system to archive data from the DART on a daily basis. It allows us to specify which stations should be automatically archived, and which stations should be handled by the NCEDC's Quality Control program calqc, which allows an analyst to review the waveforms, retrieve missing data from stations or waveservers that may have late-arriving, out-of-order data, and perform timing corrections on the waveform data. The majority of data channels are currently archived automatically from the DART.


In a collaborative project with the IRIS DMC and other worldwide datacenters, the NCEDC helped develop and implement NetDC, a protocol which will provide a seamless user interface to multiple datacenters for geophysical network and station inventory, instrument responses, and data retrieval requests. NetDC builds upon the foundation and concepts of the IRIS BREQ_FAST data request system. The NetDC system was put into production in January 2000 and is currently operational at several datacenters worldwide, including NCEDC, IRIS DMC, ORFEUS, Geoscope, and SCEDC. The NetDC system receives user requests via email, automatically routes the appropriate portion of the requests to the appropriate datacenter, optionally aggregates the responses from the various datacenters, and delivers the data (or FTP pointers to the data) to the users via email.


In 2002, the NCEDC wrote a collaborative proposal with the SCEDC to the Southern California Earthquake Center, with the goal of unifying data access between the two data centers. As part of this project, the NCEDC and SCEDC are working to support a common set of 3 tools for accessing waveform and parametric data: SeismiQuery, NetDC, and STP.

The Seismogram Transfer Program or STP is a simple client-server program, developed at the SCEDC. Access to STP is either through a simple direct interface that is available for Sun or Linux platforms, or through a GUI Web interface. With the direct interface, the data are placed directly on a user's computer in several possible formats, with the byte-swap conversion performed automatically. With the Web interface, the selected and converted data are retrieved with a single FTP command. The STP interface also allows rapid access to parametric data such as hypocenters and phases.

The NCEDC has continued work on STP, working with the SCEDC on extensions and needed additions. We added support for the full SEED channel name (Station, Network, Channel, and Location), and are now able to return event-associated waveforms from the NCSN waveform archive.


In order to provide Web access to the NCSN waveform before the SEED conversion and instrument response for the NCSN has been completed, the NCEDC implemented EVT_FAST, an interim email-based waveform request system similar to the BREQ_FAST email request system. Users email EVT_FAST requests to the NCEDC and request NCSN waveform data based on the NCSN event ID. EVT_FAST event waveforms can be delivered in either MiniSEED or SAC format, and are now named with their SEED channel names.


The FISSURES project developed from an initiative by IRIS to improve earth scientists' efficiency by developing a unified environment that can provide interactive or programmatic access to waveform data and the corresponding metadata for instrument response, as well as station and channel inventory information. FISSURES was developed using CORBA (Common Object Request Broker Architecture) as the architecture to implement a system-independent method for the exchange of this binary data. The IRIS DMC developed a series of services, referred to as the Data Handling Interface (DHI), using the FISSURES architecture to provide waveform and metadata from the IRIS DMC.

The NCEDC has implemented the FISSURES Data Handling Interface (DHI) services at the NCEDC, which involves interfacing the DHI servers with the NCEDC database schema. These services interact with the NCEDC database and data storage system and can deliver NCEDC channel metadata as well as waveforms using the FISSURES interfaces. We have separate FISSURES DHI waveform servers to serve archived and DART data streams. Our FISSURES servers are registered with the IRIS FISSURES naming services, which ensures that all FISSURES users have transparent access to data from the NCEDC.


Since 1997, the NCEDC has collaborated with UNAVCO and other members of the GPS community on the development of the GPS Seamless Archive Centers (GSAC) project. This project allows a user to access the most current version of GPS data and metadata from distributed archive locations. The NCEDC is participating at several levels in the GSAC project: as a primary provider of data collected from core BARD stations and USGS MP surveys, and as a wholesale collection point for other data collected in Northern California. We helped to define database schema and file formats for the GSAC project and have produced complete and incremental monumentation and data holdings files describing the data sets that are produced by the BARD project or archived at the NCEDC so that other members of the GSAC community can provide up-to-date information about our holdings. Currently, the NCEDC is the primary provider for over 138,000 data files from over 1400 continuous and survey-mode monuments. The data holdings records for these data have been incorporated into the GSAC retailer system, which became publicly available in late 2002.

In addition, the NCEDC is archiving and distributing high-rate 1 Hz GPS data from most BSL-operated BARD stations in addition to the normally sampled 15 second or 30 second data. These high-rate data are now publicly available to the entire community.


The NCEDC is a joint project of the BSL and the USGS Menlo Park and is funded primarily by the BSL and the USGS Cooperative Agreements 07HQAG0013 and G10AC00093. Additional funding for the processing and archiving of the EarthScope PBO and SAFOD data were provided by EarthScope subawards EAR0732947-07-06 through UNAVCO.

Doug Neuhauser is the manager of the NCEDC. Stephane Zuzlewski, Rick McKenzie, Mario Aranha, Ingrid Johanson, Taka'aki Taira, Jennifer Taggart,and Peggy Hellweg of the BSL and David Oppenheimer, Hal Macbeth, Lynn Dietz, and Fred Klein of the USGS Menlo Park contribute to the operation of the NCEDC. Doug Neuhauser, Peggy Hellweg, and Stephane Zuzlewski contributed to the preparation of this section.

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